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Geoff Cain & Charlene Gore Tacoma Community College
<ul><li>Students unprepared for the technological challenges of school and the workplace </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty unprepa...
<ul><li>Create an academic and professional network </li></ul><ul><li>Teach students how to use the technology early in th...
<ul><li>No one person will know everything </li></ul><ul><li>We can’t teach students for the jobs they will have in five y...
<ul><li>Learning and knowledge rests in a diversity of opinions </li></ul><ul><li>Learning is a process of making connecti...
<ul><li>Students report a greater comfort with technology </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty spend less time teaching technology </...
<ul><li>More student-led learning (Starfish and the Spider) </li></ul><ul><li>Roll course out to campus </li></ul><ul><li>...
<ul><li>Brafman, Ori and Beckstrom, Rod A. (2007)  The Starfish and the Spider. </li></ul><ul><li>  <http://www.starfishan...
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The Connectivist Classroom

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This is a presentation on the connectivist classroom for the North West eLearning Conference in Pasco, WA

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  1. 1. Geoff Cain & Charlene Gore Tacoma Community College
  2. 2. <ul><li>Students unprepared for the technological challenges of school and the workplace </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty unprepared for teaching in a connected world </li></ul><ul><li>Full online program with little community; students not connected to campus or one another </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty teaching technology while trying to teach content </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Create an academic and professional network </li></ul><ul><li>Teach students how to use the technology early in the program </li></ul><ul><li>Teach the students how to create networks </li></ul>Networks becoming increasingly complex.
  4. 4. <ul><li>No one person will know everything </li></ul><ul><li>We can’t teach students for the jobs they will have in five years </li></ul><ul><li>The new skill is to create a smart network </li></ul>Graphic from The Opte Project
  5. 5. <ul><li>Learning and knowledge rests in a diversity of opinions </li></ul><ul><li>Learning is a process of making connections </li></ul><ul><li>The capacity to know is more important than what is currently known </li></ul><ul><li>The ability to see connections is a core skill </li></ul><ul><li>Decision making itself is a learning process </li></ul>Detail from Matt Thorton’s Indra’s Web <http://www.straightblastgym.com/blog/web-indrasnet.jpg>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Students report a greater comfort with technology </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty spend less time teaching technology </li></ul><ul><li>Students using the tools in other classes </li></ul><ul><li>Students creating extensive networks </li></ul>Graphic by Gail Atkins <http://www.angelfire.com/realm/bodhisattva/indras-net.html>
  7. 7. <ul><li>More student-led learning (Starfish and the Spider) </li></ul><ul><li>Roll course out to campus </li></ul><ul><li>Larger classes </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Brafman, Ori and Beckstrom, Rod A. (2007) The Starfish and the Spider. </li></ul><ul><li> <http://www.starfishandspider.com> </li></ul><ul><li>Cain, Geoff. (2008). Brainstorm in Progress . <http://cain.blogspot.com> </li></ul><ul><li>Includes link to syllabus and the resources below. </li></ul><ul><li>Cormier, Dave. (2008). “Rhizomatic Education: Community as Curriculum” </li></ul><ul><li> <http://www.innovateonline.info/index.php?view=article&id=550> </li></ul><ul><li>Dron, J. & Anderson, T. (2007). Collectives, Networks and Groups in Social Software for E-Learning. In G. Richards (Ed.), Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2007 (pp. 2460-2467). Chesapeake, VA: AACE. </li></ul><ul><li>Siemens, George. (2004) “Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age” <http://www.elearnspace.org/Articles/connectivism.htm> </li></ul>
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